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International Pinot Noir Celebration

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 Winery Blogs

For the past 23 years, the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) has been uniting Pinot devotees from all corners of the globe in the spirit of friendship and the common pursuit of Pinot Noir in all its grand diversity. The 2010 IPNC will be held July 23-25th in McMinnville and will host over 60 international Pinot Noir producers, 50 top Northwest chefs, and guests for a memorable weekend of extraordinary tastings, educational seminars, unforgettable meals, and celebrating together in Oregon wine country. We are proud to be one of the featured wineries at this year's event. This is one of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world. Tickets for IPNC are still available.

We will be hosting a Pre-IPNC dinner at The Joel Palmer House on Thursday, July 22nd at 6 p.m. titled, "Oregon Pinot Noir and Wild Mushrooms: The Perfect Pairing." Chef Chris Czernacki will be preparing an exquisite meal to complement seven of our wines, including many 2008 vintage Pinot Noirs that will be shown to the public for the first time at this dinner. Please join winemaker Don Crank as well as Dick and Betty O'Brien, the founders of Elton Vineyard (one of our best Estate Pinot Noir sources) at this exceptional evening.

Tickets are $95/person to attend the Pre-IPNC dinner. Seating is very limited. For reservations please contact The Joel Palmer House at 503.864.2995. TheJoel Palmer House is located at 600 Ferry Street inDayton, Oregon.

I hope you will join us in the celebration!

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The Humble Beginning of the Oregon Wine Industry told by Jim

Date: Mon, Jul 19, 2010 Winery Blogs

On Friday our Founder/Winegrower, Jim Bernau, gave a vineyard and winery tour to a team from KOIN Channel 6. It was a pleasure to host such a great group that were full of wine questions. Here Jim is telling the story of the humble beginnings of the Oregon wine industry.

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Twitter Tasting #PinotNoir this Thursday!

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 Winery Blogs

This Thursday,July 15, from 5-7pm (PST), Pinot Noir isgoing tobattle it out on Twitter once and for all and we're placing the fate of the winner in your hands. The whole world will be watching when, for the first time ever, Pinot lovers gather from far and wide to participate in a #PinotNoir Twitter Community Tasting. The online community will be tasting, tweeting and voting for which Pinot Noir appellation they think produces the most mouthwatering, perfectly balanced and complex wines. The people will decide which region they want to see crowned winner at the end of the night.

During the tasting if you’re favorite Pinot is from Oregon, simply tag the end of your tweets with: #PinotNoir #WV and voila voila, you've voted… easy breezy.

Some examples:

#WV – Willamette Valley, Oregon
#NV – Napa Valley, CA
#RR – Russian River Valley, CA
#CN – Carneros, CA
#SB – Santa Barbara, CA
#SN – Sonoma Coast, CA
#MN – Mendocino, CA
#SC – Santa Cruz, CA
#BU – Burgundy, FR
#NZ – New Zealand
#?? – Add your own!

The evening will culminate with tallying the votes and giving the winning wine region the hearty pat on the back they've worked so hard to earn—right there, directly in front of the online world, for millions of people to see! And yes, they will really be counting the votes. YOUR VOTE COUNTS, so vote (Tweet) often! Which region will emerge as the champion? You can probably guess who I'm rooting for - Go #WV!

We'll be offering "Industry Pricing" (30% off) onall online wine purchases during #pinotnoir Twitter Tasting! Coupon code WVVTWITTERTASTING. Valid July 15-16. Vist our online store to redeem.

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Wine Country Cruise-In this Sunday!

Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 Winery Blogs

Join classic car enthusiasts and wine lovers for a summer day at our estate vineyard with award-winning wine, hot cars, cash prizes, BBQ, and oldies music from The Flextonesthis Sunday,July 11th from 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Have you spent countless hours waxing, rebuilding, and maintaining your prized vehicle? If so, the Wine Country Cruise-In is the perfect event to show off all that hard work! Think your car is the hottest out there? Great prizes will be awarded to cars in four categories: Best Classic Car, Best Hot Rod, Hottest Paint Job, and Best in Show.

Admission is $5 and includes a Riedel wine glass. Admission for Wine Club Members is complimentary. There is a $10 entry fee per car for the contest. Awards will be announced at 4:30 p.m., and you must be present to win.

Hope to see you there!

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5 Ways to Stay "Cool" this Week

Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 Winery Blogs

It is finally warm (hot even) in the Willamette Valley! Our vines are in heaven-leafing out vigorously. You may not be enjoying the toasty temps as much as the vines, so here are five suggestions for cooling down andfinding pleasure inthe weather:

5. It saddens me that alcohol doesn't freeze. If I could defy science I would make Riesling popcisles and eat them constantly. An alternative is to drizzle our Riesling over vanilla ice cream. The flavors of peach and pineapple in the wineare a delicious topping.

4. Try a "Mosquito." Semi-Sparkling Muscat Frizzanté served over ice with 2 generous squeezes of lime.

3. Wear white to repel thesun (note: white clothing will not repel red wine).

2. Our cellar is kept consistently at 55-60 degrees year round (it's underground), so come take a tour and then lounge in the shade of our picnic area with a glass of Pinot Gris or Rosé.

1. Come to our Wine Country Cruise-In this Sunday at the wineryfrom 11-6 p.m. to see "cool" cars.

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Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir Contest Winner!

Date: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 Winery Blogs

We asked and you answered! Over 175 people, in approximately 100 words, submitted entries for the Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir Contest. The contest ran from May 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010 with the winner selected by our winery staff. The winner will receive a 4 day, 3 night all expense paid trip to Oregon wine country. The trip will include VIP treatment at Willamette Valley Vineyards, great meals, great adventures and of course, great wine (retail value is $4000).

Congratulations to Bob Walsh from Indianapolis for his winning submission:

The first toast at my daughter's wedding. Celebrating my son's graduation from Business school. A family reunion spent at my son's restaurant. Peaceful evenings at home with my wife as snow falls. For me, Oregon Pinots define the moments in life worth savoring. The quiet moments and big momentous occasions surrounded by the people I cherish. The Willamette Valley has produced more than outstanding Pinots, they have created a lifelong accompaniment to the best moments of my life. Tasting notes not withstanding, Oregon Pinot Noirs are about life notes. A toast, to family and the moment.
We look forward to hosting Bob and creating more "moments" with him in Oregon. Thank you to all who participated!

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Our Participation in the Carbon Neutral Challenge

Date: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 Winery Blogs

Our Sustainability and Communications Manager, Caitlyn Kari, talks about our participation in the Carbon Neutral Challenge. The Carbon Neutral Challenge is a voluntary effort by Oregon wineries and vineyards to measure, track, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral. For more information visit http://www.cncwine.org/

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Oregon Pinot Camp 2010

Date: Sat, Jul 3, 2010 Winery Blogs

Oregon Pinot Camp- four great days spent with some of the top wine professionals in Oregon Wine Country.

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Wine Club Brochure

Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2010 Winery Blogs

We have a new, beautifully designed Wine Club brochure! Check it out:

WVV Wine Club Brochure 2010

Our Grand Cru Club only has 250 memberships left before it caps out at 1,000 members.You cansign-up online in our online shopping cart: http://www.nexternal.com/willamette/Category7

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Top 10 Highlights from #WBC10

Date: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 Winery Blogs

Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2010 Recap

The third annual Wine Bloggers' Conference took place last Friday thru Sunday in Walla Walla, Washington. I was very excited to attend and put a face to all the bloggers' and wine writers I work with regularly and to meet knew ones. I was also excited to experience a new wine region.

Recaps are boring, especially to people that didn't attend (they are even really boring to write), so instead I have put together a list of my top 10 highlights from the conference.

Top 10 Highlights from #WBC10 (thats a joke to all you non-twitters, #WBC10 was the official Twitter hastag of the conference):

10. I was impressed by the number of ice sculptures around the event.

9. I received 5 flash drives as swag. Is that the new "it" thing to giveaway?

8. Even though we were in the same room, people still insisted on chatting with me via twitter. And this was the first conference I've attended where being on facebook or twitter during a seminar wasn't considered rude... it was productive.

7. I had the new iPhone 4, which made me instantly popular.

6. The red wines from Walla Walla are huge, robust and powerful. To pair you need beef. I ate grass-fed beef five times while I was there, which was more than inthelastfour years of my life, but definitely worth it.

5. Wine Speed Dating was intensely fun. Wineries had 5 minutes to pour and introduce you to the wine. You had five minutes to taste and write about it. We did white wines one night and red wines the next. My mouth hurt afterwards, but what an incredible opportunity to try new wines.

3. Jeffrey Saadwho was the runner-up on "The Next Food Network Star"(or a name to that extent) on The Food Network led a very interesting and passionatefood and wine pairing seminar, which was by far the best session. Listening to Jeffrey talk about foodand wine was a highlight.

2. Igot to drink vino and eat lunch overlooking the Walla Walla valley at a Leonetti and Doubleback Vineyard sites (pictured). Drew Bledsoe, former NFL quarterback turned wine label owner, joined us. The scenery, wine, food and company were all incredible. Jealous?

1. Walla Walla is a great little town. The people are so welcoming and gracious. I loved hearing all their unique stories of how they came to the valley and I have a new appreciation for what they are doing. I want to thank all the tasting rooms that stayed open late for us to experience on Friday night and I want to also thank Michael of Gifford Herlinger Winery who gave our group a great tour of his estate vineyard and winery.

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Bike Ride and Hill Climb Challenge Video

Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010 Winery Blogs

Back in May we held our first ever Bike Ride and Hill Climb Challenge. Bikers had the option of a scenic 50, 25, or 10 mile ride starting at Cloverdale Elementary and finishing up at the winery for wine tasting and lunch. This video sums it up nicely:

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Off to Walla Walla for the Wine Bloggers' Conference!

Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010 Winery Blogs

I'm off to Walla Walla this afternoon for the Wine Bloggers' Conference! I am excitedto be attending along with 300 wine bloggers, industry bloggers and social media professionals. The conference runs Friday thru Sunday and is jam packed with seminars, excursions, wine tastings, andlive blogging.I will be keeping you updated the whole way through.

How great is it to attend a conference where it isn't rude to be on facebook the whole time?! :)

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Pinot and Pooch

Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2010 Winery Blogs

The 4th annual Pinot and Pooch event is a fun-filled affair for dog and wine lovers that benefit Fences for Fido, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare and quality of life for dogs living outdoors. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. atour estate wineryin Turner, Oregon.

We willhave wine tasting,food, art, entertainment, prizes and a “furry” fashion show both days. Tickets to the event are $25 per person and include a keepsake Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glass for each attendee. Ticket price is $15 for Wine Club Members. With the purchase of three (3) bottles of Willamette Valley Vineyards wine, attendees receive a complimentary portrait of their pooch sketched by a local artist.

A portion of ticket and wine sales from this event will support volunteer efforts by Fences for Fido to create safer conditions for chained dogs by providing them with a free fence, new shelter, and free or reduced spay/neuter costs. The organization also helps build healthier communities through awareness and compassion.

To purchase tickets to Pinot and Pooch, visit these links- General Admissionor Wine Club Member.To book a 30-minute appointment for a complimentary sketch portrait of your pooch, please contact Willamette Valley Vineyards at 503-588-9463.

While searching for images for this post,I came acrossa wine barrel dog houseand wine barrel bed that I had to share with you! This could be an easy D-I-Y project. We haveused barrelsyou can buyfrom us for $50 or $25 for half-size.

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Historic Deepwood Estate Wine and Jazz Festival

Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 Winery Blogs

We will be pouring our wines this Saturday, June 26that the 4th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival at the Historic Deepwood Estate from 4-9 p.m.
The event will showcase 15 Northwest wineries, music by the Danny Wold Trio and Lee Wuthenow, Craig Snazalle, and Marcus Harbaush. Gourmet food sales will be offered by Bentleys, Willamette Noodle Company, Extreme Chocolates, and Loustic Catering, Vitality at Wellspring, Queen of Tarts, Prudence Uncorked and Le Avenue.
The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Deepwood. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at Travel Salem Café which is located 181 High Street, or call them at 503-581-4325 ext 21.

Deepwood Estate is located at 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem, Oregon.

About Deepwood Estate:
Historic Deepwood Estate is an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian Home situated on approximately 4 acres of manicured gardens and nature trails set in the heart of Salem near its downtown core. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes in 1973. The museum is operated by the Friends of Deepwood, a non-profit organization created to disseminate information about the home and document life in Victorian times. In 2002, Sunset Magazine named Deepwood as one of the four “Best Historic Homes” in its “Best of the West” section.

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